01 16

An Oyster Soiree' Friends and Family Exclusive Preview






Pearl Tavern: 180 N. Wacker Dr.

01 07

South Chicago Township Property Tax Assessment!




6:30 pm


Apostolic Faith Church 3823 S. Indiana Avenue

To help taxpayers combat increasing property taxes, Commissioner Larry Rogers, Jr., of the Cook County Board of Review, has partnered with Representative Ken Dunkin, Representative Christian Mitchell, and Alderman Pat Dowell to host a property tax appeal community forum on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at 6:30 pm. The meeting will take place at Apostolic Faith Church, located at 3823 S. Indiana Avenue, Chicago IL.

Attendees will have the opportunity to address concerns regarding the 2013 property tax cycle. Commissioner Rogers will also assist taxpayers in submitting an appeal to he Board of Review and answer any additional questions about the appeal process. Attendees should bring their property tax bill and other evidence providing proof of their property’s value, such as a current appraisal.

Commissioner Rogers has launched an aggressive community outreach campaign in response to the property tax crisis that residents across many communities of Cook County have been facing. He stated that, “Through unemployment or underemployment, taxpayers are simply without the means to afford exorbitant tax bills.”

The Board of Review does not assess property, set tax rates, or collect taxes. There is no fee to file an appeal, and in most cases an attorney is not necessary. Board of Review complaint forms can be obtained at the office of Commissioner Larry Rogers, Jr. in the Cook County Building located at 118 N. Clark, Room 601, Chicago, IL 60602. They may also be found and filed on the Board of Review website at: For further information about appealing property taxes, contact Commissioner Rogers’ office at (312) 603-5540. Office hours are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Ride Public Informational Meetings





RTA Reduced Fare / Ride Public Informational Meetings

The Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) is partnering with the CTA to host six public meetings about the Ventra fare payment transition. Seniors and people with disabilities with Reduced Fare, Ride Free and ADA permits are invited to:

Learn how to activate and use your new Ventra card

Get assistance if you did not receive a card or the correct card

Transfer a fare balance to your new Ventra card

Update your customer information

Ventra representatives will be on-site to help with balance transfers and to provide general assistance and education. Ventra Transition Public Meeting Dates:

Chicago West - Wednesday, December 18, 12:00pm

Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities - Rooms 1&2, 2102 W. Ogden

Chicago Central - Thursday, December 19, 4:00 pm

RTA, Board Room- 16th floor, 175 W. Jackson

Chicago Southwest - Friday, December 20, 11:00am

Southwest Regional Center - Rooms 2&3, 6117 S. Kedzie

All meeting sites are ADA accessible. If you have questions, please call 312-913-3153.

11 11

City Colleges of Chicago Open Houses




9AM-12PM or 4:30PM-7


All City Colleges

ALL 7 City Colleges will be hosting “Open Houses” for prospective students. There will be two sessions at each campus: a Morning session from 9:00am to 12:00pm and an Afternoon session from 4:30pm to 7:00pm. At each session, students will be able to meet with Faculty, Advisors, and Staff and learn more about how to obtain an affordable and reliant education.

If you cannot attend our Open House, call 773-College to schedule an appointment for a private tour at any City Colleges' location.

11 07





9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Atrium of the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St.

Chicago — Attorney General Lisa Madigan, with the Illinois Joining Forces Financial Literacy Working Group, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and other advocates, will host a resource fair on Friday to assist veterans and military service members in recognition of the upcoming Veterans Day holiday.

Madigan’s Military and Veterans Rights Bureau and its partnering groups will be on site from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the atrium of the James R. Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph St., Chicago.

The event will provide information about benefits for Illinois veterans along with helpful consumer advice and tips for avoiding scams that target veterans. Two local VFW Veterans Service Officers will also be available to provide assistance to veterans with their Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits claims. Veterans should bring their discharge paperwork, such as their DD-214s, to the fair.

“Veterans and military service members are entitled to certain benefits under the law for their service and sacrifice to our country,” Madigan said. “We’re hosting this event to raise awareness about the resources and assistance available to veterans and their families so they can rightfully claim what they are due and learn how to steer clear of scams that brazenly target their access to these benefits.”

Veterans who need assistance applying for VA benefits, including pension and disability compensation, are encouraged to utilize the free services of a recognized, accredited VSO, such as those from the VFW. Madigan’s Military and Veterans Rights Bureau provides men and women with information they need to understand their legal rights and programs to help them make sound financial decisions.

For more information, contact Madigan’s Military and Veterans Rights Hotline at 1-800-382-3000 or visit Madigan’s website to find additional resources.

10 30

Property Tax Appeal Assesment Forum




6:30 pm


4525 S. King Dr.

10 17







Apostolic Faith Church

Join The Honorable State Representative Ken Dunkin and the State Senator Mattie Hunter for an informative seminar on the Affordable Care Act, presented in conjunction with the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Heartland Alliance.

Attendees will learn about the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in Illinois, and in-person help will be available to assist attendees with reduced cost health insurance or medicaid questions.

To RSVP, or for more information, please contact Rep. Dunkin's constituent service office at 312.266.0340 or email

5 P.M. to 8 P.M.


10 04

Small Business Entrepreneur Expo




8:30 am - 3:30 pm


UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road

Over 3,000 attendees, attend over 30 free business workshops. Network and connect with more than 130 exhibitors

Free Admission - Must register online at:

Don't forget to visit Near South Planning Board's Booth -C5

09 30

CTA 95th Street Terminal Community Meetings





In preparation for the Red Line 95th Street Terminal Reconstruction, the CTA and Theaster Gates Studio will host five community meetings, one on the West Side and four on the South Side near the 95th Street Terminal. The meetings will take place between October and December to engage community residents, architects and designers.

The 95th Street Terminal is a major gateway to Chicago’s South Side, and one of CTA’s busiest rail stations with 24-hour Red Line service and approximately 20,000 customers on an average weekday. This community initiative will include the incorporation of 10 new jobs for community residents as well as the establishment of an apprenticeship program, providing skill development and training to area students.

Goal: To obtain community residents’ suggestions and/or comments on what type of artwork they would like to see Mr. Gates erect in the 95th Street terminal when we build the new station.

The meeting dates and locations are listed below. An official CTA press release will be announced soon.

Wednesday, October 9,
2013 5:30PM -7:30PM
Arts Incubator
301 East Garfield Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60637

Friday, October 25, 2013
7:00PM - 8:00PM
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 North Central Park
Chicago, IL 60624

Saturday, November 2, 2013
10:00AM - 12:00PM
Chicago State University
9501 South King Drive
Chicago, IL 60628

Monday, December 9, 2013
5:30PM - 7:30PM
St. James AME Church
9256 South Lafayette Avenue
Chicago, IL 60620

Tuesday, December 17, 2013
5:30PM - 7:30PM
Chicago Park District, Abbott Park
49 East 95th Street
Chicago, IL 60628

09 26

Flyover Project






5848 S. Princeton Ave.

Amid many concerns over property damage and other issues regarding the planned Flyover project, the 20th Ward is hosting a community meeting on September 26th to inform residents on the Englewood Flyover project. If you have any concerns over this project, as your State Representative, I encourage you to come out and voice your opinion I along with some of my staff will be their as well. I hope to see you their.

09 16

Expo Art Week






Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph Street

Cultural Tourism Research Update

In June 2013, Choose Chicago began Phase 1 of its research to support the development of a cultural tourism strategy for Chicago.

The goal of this online survey was to identify feeder markets with the greatest potential for generating new and repeat visitation; develop a comprehensive understanding of how cultural travelers view Chicago’s cultural assets relative to other cities; pinpoint the specific cultural activities with the highest potential for motivating cultural travel to Chicago; reveal if any barriers to visiting Chicago for cultural travel exist; and test the potential for arts and culture promotions to impact visitor spending and length of stay.

Who are we Supporting?

EXPO ART WEEK, taking place from September 16 -22, is a citywide celebration of arts and culture that will include museum exhibitions; gallery openings; installations; public art projects; music; theatre; dance performances and special dining experiences for national and international cultural travelers.

Partnership Opportunities

Fall Cultural Preview
Key findings were shared from Choose Chicago’s first ever benchmark study on cultural travelers to Chicago and how Chicago’s rich and diverse cultural assets can be leveraged to increase visitation to our city. Afterwards, attendees had plenty of time to network and connect with key Choose Chicago partners and cultural organizations during a reception hosted by Terzo Piano.

An invitation to events such as this are typically exclusive to Choose Chicago partners only. Choose Chicago is eager to engage our cultural organizations large and small, and help expand your reach to the millions of visitors who come to Chicago each year. To learn more about the many benefits and resources available to help partners grow their business, simply visit: Packages start for as little as $99 per year!

For more information, visit

09 07

Chicago Police Department Open House




10:00am - 2:00pm


1300 W. Jackson

The Chicago Police Department is hiring! Come see the academy, learn about special units and et info on the CPD test!

The CPD is looking for individuals who are: bright, energetic and motivated to protect and serve our diverse community; willing to live by our core values of Professionalism, Obligation, Leadership, Integrity, Courage and Excellence, both on and off duty; interested in using new technology to solve crimes and improve service; open to new ideas and strategies to advance our goal and mission; We are looking for women and men who want to be part of one of the nation’s largest and most technologically advanced police departments.

The CPD is a diverse workforce of over 12,500 sworn women and men who serve the City of Chicago by protecting its people and property. We have a strong tradition of service to our community, challenging assignments, and opportunities to use broad-based skills.

For more information visit:

07 31

Town Hall Meeting on Proposed Fire Safety Code Amendments




6pm- 8pm


Roosevelt University Auditorium Building 430 S. Michigan

State Representative Ken Dunkin would like to invite you to a very important community discussion regarding the State Fire Marshall’s proposal to amend the Fire and Safety code. If approved, it will cost condominium owners and home owners in general thousands of dollars. The Representative would like for all to attend.

06 17

Let Us Shred Your Stuff For Free!




9:00am - 1:00pm


United Center 1901 W. Madison Street Lot E

Saturday, June 22, 2013:

The Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (DBACP), and other agencies will be hosting another Shred It and Forget It event, providing a temporary site for the public to shred up to 10 boxes of personal documents FREE of charge.

Consumers can shred up to 10 boxes of documents....FREE!

And this year, FREE! electronics recycling, including:
-TVs and Computer Monitors
-Data Storage Devices
-Fax and Copy Machines
-Cell Phones
-VCRs/DVD Players/Video Game Consoles

For more information, please visit

02 02

Please Join me for a Townhall to discuss Concealed Carry




12:30-2:30 pm


Illinois Institute of Technology, 10 W. 35th St. (Auditorium

01 31

Property Tax Assessment Appeal Forum




6:30 pm


Museum Park Club House, located at 1331 S. Prairie, Chicago,

In an effort to ensure that you have access to all of the services of the Cook County Board of Review, Commissioner Larry Rogers Jr. is hosting a Property Tax Assessment Appeal Forum, along with the Museum Park Umbrella Association, on Thursday, January 31, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Museum Park Club House, located at 1331 S. Prairie, Chicago, IL. All taxpayers are urged to please bring their tax bill.

Currently, the Board of Review is accepting property tax assessment appeals for South Chicago, North Chicago, and Niles Townships. All appeals for these townships must be filed by Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

For additional information contact Commissioner Rogers' office at (312) 603-5540. For filing deadlines, upcoming events or to file an appeal online, go to You may also file in person at the County Building, located at 118 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL. or at one of our neighborhood satellite offices.

12 17

Please join me for our 2nd Business Town Hall!






English Bar and Restaurant 444 North La Salle Drive

Join us for a discussion of legislation that could affect businesses throughout the state if passed!

11 19

Business Townhall!






English Bar and Grill

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